Cole­man fires up Good­i­son crowd as Ever­ton breeze past Brighton

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Premier League - By Ben Fin­don at Lon­don Sta­dium

Good­i­son purred over Richarli­son. There are some goals so beau­ti­fully con­structed they de­serve dou­ble the ap­plause. So it was when Richarli­son opened the scor­ing.

As the re­play was broad­cast on the gi­ant screen there was a mur­mur of ap­proval as the build-up was played in full, with Gylfi Sig­urds­son pick­ing up pos­ses­sion glid­ing for­ward be­fore ex­chang­ing passes with Bernard and weight­ing his through ball per­fectly for Richarli­son who thumped in his first. It should have been Ever­ton’s third of the game af­ter just 26 min­utes, but Sig­urds­son was guilty of miss­ing two eas­ier op­por­tu­ni­ties from close range.

This was the kind of foot­ball Ever­ton crave un­der Silva. It must have been his most sat­is­fy­ing af­ter­noon since be­ing ap­pointed, full of South Amer­i­can flair and Scan­di­na­vian en­deav­our.

But clubs un­der­go­ing this type of tran­si­tion tend to dis­play as many blem­ishes as beauty spots. Ever­ton fell asleep at a 33rd minute cor­ner, Lewis Dunk met Solly March’s cross, and sud­denly Chris Hughton was re­con­sid­er­ing the af­ter­noon’s pos­si­bil­i­ties.

But Ever­ton would not be con­tained. Idrissa Gu­eye hit the post and Theo Wal­cott volleyed over from six yards be­fore Cole­man struck.

Vic­tory was se­cured when Dunk gifted Richarli­son pos­ses­sion. There was still plenty for the striker to do, but his com­po­sure in front of goal, for his sixth of the sea­son, is fur­ther ev­i­dence he could be a spe­cial player. He was dubbed “this charm­ing man” by sup­port­ers dur­ing his ten­ure at Manch­ester City. Now Manuel Pel­le­grini is at it again, spread­ing good­will and hap­pi­ness just months into his reign at West Ham.

Burn­ley’s last visit to east Lon­don, in March, was scarred by toxic scenes as some home fans staged mul­ti­ple pitch in­va­sions, oth­ers tried to storm the di­rec­tors’ box and a num­ber of dis­tressed young spec­ta­tors were given sanc­tu­ary in the vis­i­tors’ dugout. To com­plete the im­plo­sion, West Ham lost 3-0 that chaotic af­ter­noon. Eight months on the con­trast could not have been starker. All was har­mony around the Lon­don Sta­dium as Pel­le­grini’s men quelled a brave Burn­ley side in a richly en­ter­tain­ing en­counter. Pel­le­grini’s lat­est mas­ter­stroke ap­pears to have been to un­lock the ge­nius of £42 mil­lion sum­mer ar­rival Felipe An­der­son, who put a sub­dued start to the sea­son be­hind him to score twice at cru­cial stages of the game.

With open­ing scorer Marko Ar­nau­tovic again the main­spring for so many good things in at­tack, and sub­sti­tute Javier Her­nan­dez’s late fourth giv­ing a re­al­is­tic look to the fi­nal score­line, this was just the kind of swash­buck­ling dis­play the home sup­port crave.

“It was a very good per­for­mance, a very good re­sult. I liked the men­tal­ity of the team to score

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